Victor finally claims $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot

A window at the KC Mart that proudly displays they sold a winning Mega Millions ticket in South Carolina last year.             
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Someone has finally stepped forward to claim the US$1.5 billion (NZ$2.2b) Mega Millions jackpot, less than two months before their victory was set to expire, ending months of speculation that had ensued after the prize was announced in October.

The winning ticket was purchased at the KC Mart #7 on Lee Vaughn Road in Simpsonville, SC and matched all six numbers in the October 23, 2018 drawing.

The victor let another customer buy a Mega Millions ticket in front of them in line, which " led to an awesome outcome", according to the news release.

But the cash option payment chosen by the South Carolina Mega Millions victor amounts to a lump-sum total of US$877,784,124 - the largest jackpot payout to a single victor in U.S. history, the state lottery commission said.

"I have represented numerous largest jackpot winners in recent history, including the highly publicized victor of the $245 million Powerball prize, the Sea and Sand Trust; the DE victor of the $121.6 million Powerball jackpot; the Putnam Avenue Family Trust, which won the $254 million Powerball prize; and the Rhode Island victor of the $336 million Powerball jackpot", Kurland said on the website.

He or she retained Jason Kurland of Rivkin Radler of NY to provide legal representation and act as spokesperson.

The ticket was purchased October 23, at the KC Mart in Simpsonsville, a town of about 22,000 people outside of Greenville.

The prize being claimed does come with other benefits for the state and the shop that sold it.

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"We are delighted that the victor is a South Carolinian and has come forward to claim this remarkable prize", Hogan Brown, the Commission's Executive Director, said.

A billion-dollar mystery in SC has been solved. "We respect the winner's decision to remain anonymous, and we will honor the winner's wishes".

"A simple act of kindness led to an incredible outcome", the statement said.

The convenience store owner, Chirag Patal, now gets a $70,000 commission for selling the winning ticket.

The South Carolina resident has claimed the prize as a lump sum payout of $877,784,124. Others speculated that the winning ticket had been purchased by an office pool and was now the subject of litigation.

Winners have to claim the prize within a 180 days, putting the deadline at the end of April.

"I'm glad the money stays in SC". If it had gone unclaimed, the money would have gone back to the 44 states where the tickets were purchased.

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